The Redemption of Saint Anthony | The Public Domain Review

Gustave Flaubert, best known for his masterpiece Madame Bovary, spent nearly thirty years working on a surreal and largely ‘unreadable’ retelling of the temptation of Saint Anthony. Colin Dickey explores how it was only in the dark and compelling illustrations of Odilon Redon, made years later, that Flaubert’s strangest work finally came to life.

via The Redemption of Saint Anthony | The Public Domain Review.

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2 thoughts on “The Redemption of Saint Anthony | The Public Domain Review”

  1. My pleasure, Steven; I thought it was too good to miss. I’d love to get my hands on a copy of that! Thank goodness Flaubert never gave up on it or threw it in the fire. He was quite the perfectionist, stubbornly so, so it’s fortunate that Odilon Redon gave it the breath it needed to bring it to life. I would never have imagined those two as a winning combination.

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